Over the years, the Jardim das Comunidades in Almancil has hosted all kinds of community events. From cafés to picnics, from concerts to the start of rallies, from children’s play areas to a dedicated exercise station, it clearly is a favourite spot for the people of Almancil to walk, relax and enjoy the gardens throughout the seasons.
Now, there is one more reason to visit the gardens. The Jardim das Comunidades is the new ‘home’ of All Saints Anglican Church Almancil and it will be here that they will hold their bi-weekly Worship Services and fellowship for the Congregation.
Since the pandemic struck in March 2020, the Congregation of All Saints have been unable to meet in person and have transferred their Worship Services online to the Zoom platform and, through the internet, have managed to make regular weekly contact and have surprisingly increased their attendance numbers during this time. But now, 18 months on, there is a collective cheer as they once again meet to worship together.
Their home will be the building that stands in a tranquil spot to the south of the Gardens, next to the lake.
All Saints’ new home has been provided by President Joaquim Pinto of the Junta de Freguesia of Almancil. “It is wonderful to be recognised as part of the community of Almancil by the Junta, and for them to be so generous and gracious to allow us to use this very special building,” says Janet Martin, Warden of All Saints Anglican Church Almancil.
The Church in the Park will be open for worship on Wednesdays and Sundays at 10.30am and everyone in the Almancil Community and its surrounding area is welcome to attend.
The Church in the Park will be ‘Covid Secure’. Masks will be worn at all times; social distancing will be observed, and Communion will be served in individual cups.
There is plenty of car parking available and good access to the Church from all sides of the park.